Dolby Atmos is a popular surround sound format that competes with DTS: X, and it’s found in everything from the largest commercial cinema to the smallest home theater. The “immersive” format is also being used as a new way to experience music from people like the Beatles to Ariana Grande on both mobile phones and speakers. While the biggest change from previous formats is the addition of height channels, Atmos background music will work with a traditional 5-speaker system and subwoofer (5.1) or multiple (or several) speakers depending prefer.
In this explanation, I will analyze how Atmos works, why the height speakers and the upward sounding speakers are interesting, and everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Dolby Atmos but never wanted to ask.
To understand what sets Atmos apart from its direct predecessor Dolby Digital, let’s first take a look at how to mix audio for movies and TV shows.
Atmos, for the most part, doesn’t use channels. Instead, most sounds are considered “objects”. Instead of assigning audio to a channel (and by speaker extension), Atmos allows filmmakers to assign sound to a location. Not the “left surround”, but the “left rear corner”. Not “moving from left surround to right speaker” but “moving smoothly through the back wall”. This not only offers greater flexibility, but also improves the experience in the theater and potentially at home.
Atmos is an end-to-end shift in home theater and sound. The blend is different, as we discussed, but so is decoding. At different theaters, the number of speakers may differ significantly, but Atmos will scale with them regardless. Most theaters have multiple speakers along their walls to ensure everyone gets the same experience. With Atmos, these speakers can be individually addressed, and a sound designer can pinpoint the exact location in the theater where they want the sound to be placed. A smoother experience for everyone.
Features of Dolby Atmos
- Dolby Atmos expands the creative palette for artists and creators. Instruments and vocals can be separated and articulated with incredible clarity.
- And the use of multi-dimensional space makes the listener feel like they are inside the song.
- Feel a stronger connection with the characters as you stream your favorite shows and movies using Dolby Atmos, at home, or on the go.
- Feel like you’re inside your favorite songs and discover new elements of music.
- Identify sounds with three-dimensional accurate sound and faster response in your favorite games.
System requirements of Dolby Atmos
- Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7/8/10
- CPU: Quad-core Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD
- RAM: 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
- Free hard disk space: 1 GB or more
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How to install Dolby Atmos
- Disable Driver Signature Enforcement (Windows 10 64-bit)
- Install driver
- Install control panel (Turn on Windows Update and Internet connection)
- Restart Windows. And enjoy!